These programs provide intensive professional development training, utilize individual and group learning, and emphasize community-building among the participants. Applications for this cycle are now closed. If you are interested in hearing about future Boot Camp programs, sign up to our newsletter to be kept up to date.
NYFA's Emerging Leaders Boot Camp is a free leadership development program for arts administrators. The nine-month free program includes five full-day intensives, check-ins and individual consultations, and a two-day final session.
NYFA is pleased to announce that its fourth session of "Emerging Leaders Boot Camp" will train up to 25 arts administrators in the principles of leadership. As an arts organization, NYFA integrates creativity into the program, with a flexible and adaptive approach, assessing and adjusting to the needs of the cohort over nine months. Since its inception, 75 arts administrators have participated in the program, coming from a diverse range of arts organizations serving a wide variety of disciplines and constituents.
Alumni come from a diverse range of arts organizations serving a wide variety of disciplines and constituents: participating organizations have included Abrons Arts Center of Henry Street Settlement, Brooklyn Arts Council (BAC), Catskill Art Society, Cathedral of St. John the Divine, CUE Art Foundation, Dieu Donne, Gibney Dance, Flux Factory, Jack, LeRoy Neiman Gallery, Columbia University, Lincoln Center Institute, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council (LMCC), NYC Department of Design and Construction, Poetry Society of America, Roundabout Theatre Company, Roulette, Spain Culture New York, Roxbury Arts Group, The Public Theater, Triangle Arts Association, Urban Bush Women, UrbanGlass, among many others.
This program is made possible with the generous support of American Express.
Customized to fit the needs of participants and partners, Boot Camp is a course that teaches the fundamental principles of sustainability—and ultimately profitability—in the arts. This includes classes on finance, law, marketing, and fundraising. Additional material is drawn from NYFA’s popular textbook which accompanies this curriculum, The Profitable Artist (Allworth Press, 2011). The structure is a blend of formal lectures, breakout groups, and one-on-one meetings. Participants work through a flexible and dynamic “action plan,” which provides a blueprint for their future project, career, and business goals. Each receives specific feedback from experts in the field as well as their peers in the course.
The program first began in 2010, funded by the New York City Economic Development Corporation, earning rave reviews from participants and generating significant interest from the wider community. Participating artists have collaborated on numerous projects and business ventures, produced several arts festivals, and developed networks and opportunities that continue to this day. NYFA staff remains actively engaged with program graduates through private Facebook groups and other networking tools, alerting them to relevant opportunities in their respective disciplines, and encouraging continued group communication.
NYFA has collaborated with numerous universities and organizations, both nationally and internationally, to bring this program to hundreds of artists. Partners have included Pratt Institute, School of Visual Arts (SVA), NYU’s Performing Arts Administration Program, Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), Massachusetts College of Art and Design, Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council, Universidad Francisco Marroquín (in Guatemala), the Center for Creative Practices (in Dublin, Ireland), Spain Culture New York, and many others.
“[A] course designed to help artists help themselves.” (The New York Times, June, 2010)
“The Artist As Entrepreneur…equips artists with the practical skills to help them succeed.” (Forbes.com, February, 2012)
“NYFA’s entrepreneurial program was and continues to be instrumental in my career development. They have helped me define my goals as an artist, gave me confidence, and unearthed the true meaning of entrepreneurship. It’s the gift that keeps giving.”
Jonathan Stuart Cerullo
Producer | Director
“NYFA's Emerging Leaders Boot Camp radically changed how I work and who I am as a leader.The program offered me a crash-course in arts administration in an immersive, emotionally intelligent, collaborative environment among colleagues in my field. The facilitators and workshop presenters were extraordinarily experienced, articulate, and precise about the content they delivered, and how the group was responding to the content. What I learned, and how I am putting it into practice is still unfolding, and I am hugely grateful to NYFA for such offering such generous support to arts organizations in NYC.”
Teachers & Writers Collaborative
“Boot Camp was an exciting learning experience where I got to meet and work alongside so many amazing, creative colleagues whom I still keep in touch with today. I’m thankful to the program for giving me the tools, support, and confidence to move forward with my projects. “